Plumbing, gasfitting and drain laying pre-apprenticeship

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3)

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Programme highlights

The construction industry is in need of more skilled plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers and there is plenty of well-paid work available in New Zealand and overseas.

Get the knowledge and hands-on skills you need to take on an apprenticeship in the industry.

You will develop basic skills in residential plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying. You will be taught by lecturers who know their stuff. They are specialists in their field and eager to share their industry contacts with you.

As part of the course, you will visit plumbing businesses and suppliers of plumbing materials. These trips will help you keep pace with current plumbing supplies, installations and new technologies.

Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges.

Please note: A small component of this programme is delivered by a sub-contractor.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 3
Domestic fees

$4,400 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Available (eligibility criteria applies)

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Programme code NZ2660

Full-time for 21 teaching weeks

Study method

Three days per week

Credits 70
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Available (eligibility criteria applies)

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3)

Entry requirements


There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).

Selection Criteria

a) To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

b) Where there are more candidates than places available in the programme, selection will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

i) Whether candidates have completed three years of secondary education;

ii) Candidates' academic achievement in NCEA Level 1 and/or NCEA Level 2, or Year 11 and/or Year 12 English and Mathematics; and

iii) Candidates' demonstrated commitment to the industry.

It is important for learners to understand that if you intend to progress to a Plumbing, Drainlaying and/or Gasfitting apprenticeship programme, you will need to register with the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. The Board will undertake a check with Police to see if the graduate has a criminal record and will then decide whether the graduate is a fit and proper person to be registered. If the graduate has a criminal record this might exclude them from registration.


Programme structure

You will need to complete the below five courses (70 credits):

Essential safety skills for PGD (18 credits)

This module will provide you with working knowledge of essential safety responses and how to apply them in given situations.

Patterns, tools, and regulatory and ethical considerations (14 credits)

This module will provide you with working knowledge of the regulatory and personal ethical framework and the ability to work capably when interacting with tools, drawing and sheet metal.

Introduction to drainlaying (11 credits)

This module will provide you with an overview of drainlaying as a career and to gain the knowledge and skills for excavation and trenching.

Introduction to plumbing (23 credits)

This module will provide you with an overview of plumbing as a career and the knowledge and skills related to water basics, water supply pipework and basic sanitary plumbing systems.

Introduction to gasfitting (4 credits)

This module will provide you with an overview of gasfitting as a career and an overview of the trade science in gasfitting including knowledge of gasfitting safety requirements.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the trades calendar.

Career opportunities

Apprenticeship in plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying or roofing; traineeships within the network reticulation sectors including water, gas and wastewater services.

Further training or study

Ongoing study is offered and managed through the relevant ITO (Industry Training Organisation).  You will need to be employed in your trade to complete Level 4 apprenticeship training.  Contact us to find out more about which ITO can support you with your ongoing study.

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MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 10 August 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.